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July 26, 2006

Status Syndrome

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2006;296(4):395-396. doi:10.1001/jama.296.4.395

To the Editor: In his Commentary, it is encouraging to see Dr Marmot1 move from redescribing the correlation between poverty and ill health to focus on the mediating causal mechanisms linking social factors to health outcomes. However, the tendency of such models to place primacy on the causal role of a single mechanism is brought into question by research and other disciplines.

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